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Scabs on cat's ear and neck.

Species: Cat
Breed: Domestic short hair
Age: 6-12 months
Hi. I adopted a cat and she was doing fine. I noticed that she was loosing hair in the tip of the tail and scratching her ears.
I took her to the vet and she had ear mites, ear infection and a fungus. She got an antibiotic shot and i did an antibiotic drops and something else for the ear mites twice a day for 7 days. She also got HexaChlor wipes and Conzol 1% for the fungus in the tip of her tail twice a day for 7 days as well.
Her ears are doing well (ear mites) and the hair in her tail is growing back. I still clean and apply the lotion on her tail once a day as precaution (total of almost 4 weeks.)
Yesterday i noticed some red skin in the outside back of her ears. It appears to be itchy. Even though she is an indoor cat i checked for fleas but cannot see any.
I put a spray of hydrocortisone but not sure if that will help.
Should i use the conzol on this new rash or what should i do? Please help....


Online vet, Dr. Marie

Dr. Marie replied:

Thanks for sending these photos of Foxy. Photos always help me to give a better answer:

sores on a cat's ear

scabs on a cat's neck

These areas look really sore. There are several things that they could be. I am wondering if they could be something called eosinophilic ulcers. We don't know why cats get these. They can be caused by allergies but often the cause is not known. This condition is usually treated by a steroid injection given by the vet.

It is possible that this is something else such as ringworm which is a fungus. This may be what she was being treated for before. Often, cats with ringworm will need oral antifungal medications.

It's also possible that she had some wounds from scratching herself and now they are infected and she may need antibiotics.

The steroid spray may give some temporary relief but unfortunately it does sound like Foxy needs to go back to see the vet again.

A closer exam should give the vet an idea as to what is going on but they may need to do some tests on the area to find out for sure.

I hope she feels better soon!

Dr. Marie.


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Customer reply:

Thanks for your response.
I forgot to mention that our house is under remodelation.
So not sure if this might an allergy to dust or construction materials.
It seems better today but still i want to make sure it gets cured.
She is not scratching as much today.
Maybe a Neosporin ointment will help?
Thanks again!


Online vet, Dr. Marie

Dr. Marie replied:

Neosporin doesn't really do a whole lot. Plus, it can be a little irritating to the belly if a cat ingests it. If it seems to be getting better then just letting it heal on its own is probably the best thing to do. And if it's not improving then you can have her see the vet again.

Dr. Marie.



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